We love a good wine list as much as the next person, but you know what we also love? Holding on to our hard earned dollars for more than a nano second after we get paid. But good food is
life also pretty important to us, so when we find an awesome BYO restaurant we get a bit excited.
And no, we’re not talking about the local Chinese restaurant you started frequenting as a uni student so you could BYO four bottles of wine and order one serve of satay sticks to share because your parents told you that your friends couldn’t come over for mid-week drinks again. We’re talking places with rad food and a killer atmosphere, places you wouldn’t expect to let you bring your own wine to.
It turns out Melbourne is full of these gems, so we teamed up with MadFish Wines to bring you nine of the best BYO restaurants in Melbourne.
Ladro Tap & Ladro Gertrude
Prahran & Fitzroy
Famous for serving some of the most delicious pizzas in Melbourne, as well as polenta chips that we’d happily swim the Yarra for, Italian venue Ladro runs a BYO wine evening every Monday in both of its restaurants, in Prahran and Fitzroy. For a mere $5, you can bring a bottle of your favourite drop to dinner, with the proceeds going to either the Fitzroy Vinnies Vannies Matthew Talbot Soup Van, or the Prahran Mission to feed those less fortunate.
During the rest of the week, you can bring a bottle to Ladro Gertrude with a corkage charge of $15 per bottle. Thanks, Ladro!
Luxembourg Bistro has undergone a fantastic revival lately, with a reworked Sunday lunch menu that’s knocked our socks off on more then one occasion If you’re more of a midweek diner, drop by on Tuesdays when you can BYO wine for $10 per bottle. Take full advantage of chef Chris Watson’s talents and plan for at least three courses at this French inspired eatery. Trust us, it’s definitely worth it.
If the mention of Italian food has already got you planning your next BYO dinner date, you’ll also want to make a stop at Carlton institution Scopri. The pasta here is second to none, and with a BYO charge of $15 per bottle, you can tap into the Scopri staff’s excellent wine knowledge when it comes to food pairing. Bellissimo.
Sometimes, a spicy feed is all that will satisfy your hunger pangs, and if you’re looking for an Indian restaurant that serves up mouth-watering food *and* allows you to bring your own tipple, Horn Please ticks both boxes. With a charge of only a tenner per bottle, this is one for your foodies who like your curries hot and creamy, and your naan with extra garlic.
Union Food & Wine
With a Michelin star pedigree and a menu that includes one of the tastiest pavlovas in the three thousands, chef Stuart McVeigh’s Union Food & Wine in Ascot Vale is a gem of an eatery, just waiting to be found. The restaurant allows BYO wine on Wednesdays and Thursdays, when you can enjoy a bottle of your own vino for a $10 charge. Grab your culinary gang and hot-foot it to this delicious destination, pronto.
All aboard the sushi traaaaain! Tucked away inside the Midcity Arcade is Sushi Hotaru, a fantastic sushi venue that allows you to bring a bottle of wine to dinner for a measly $3! You’ll find most sushi dishes priced around the $3 mark too, so grab that change and your favourite drink, then get ready for a raw fish feast of epic proportions.
Hampton’s Italian stallion, La Svolta, is home to some cracking pizza creations as well as the sort of Italian hospitality that’s as good as a hug from your very own mama. Better yet, at the southside institution, BYO wine comes in at $8 per bottle. Pizza, pasta, wine and good times galore.
Dumplings and wine go together like, well, like dumplings and wine. But they’re both things that we love with all of our hearts, which is why we’re so head-over-heels for HuTong’s BYO wine option. At only $4 per bottle, you’ll have heaps more cash to splash on those delicious xiao long bao and chilli-topped steamed dumplings at their Melbourne CBD restaurant.
A surprisingly trendy Middle Eastern venue, Mankoushe is exactly the place you should take that date who’s going to be impressed by spelt flour breads, smoked eggplant and all vegan everything. To help the evening go smoothly, we’d recommend bringing along a bottle of your own vino and brushing up on your best travel stories. The BYO’s a bargain at $7 per bottle of wine, as for the chit-chat? Good luck, mate!
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Image credit: Ladro Tap by Griffin Simm for The Urban List